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Archive March 2016

Global Fund audit throws a spanner in the works of health officials’ scams

There is something demonic about the financial management of the health sector in Uganda.

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Analysis: Benin’s election is a setback for la Francafrique

Lionel Zinsou was supposed to stroll to victory in Benin’s elections as the handpicked successor of President Thomas Boni Yayi– even though the respected economist had spent most of his working life in Paris. But Benin’s voters had other ideas.

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The PELIS Factor

NJABINI, West Central Kenya – Peter Wainaina’s focus is on the fresh Irish potatoes he has just harvested. He assembles them into a 90-kilogramme bag while sorting out the unmarketable ones like sliced and tiny tubes.

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Hillary Clinton, Goldman Sachs and ‘African Development’

Hillary Clinton is still refusing to release the transcripts of three paid speeches she gave in 2013 at Goldman Sachs, “an investment bank notorious for using its ties to public officials to influence policy.” The speeches collectively netted her $675,000.

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The ‘Big Man’ Syndrome in Africa

Why do so many African leaders overstay their welcome or break electoral rules? In the recent elections in Uganda, 30 year incumbent Yoweri Museveni won a fifth five-year term. Opposition activists are contesting the results. This has raised again that eternal post-independence question. Museveni is seventy-one years old and has governed since he took power in a military coup in 1986; longer than the majority of the country’s population have lived.

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Burundi’s TRC officially launched: but will victims participate?

On 4 March 2016, in Kayanza in the country’s north, Burundi’s President officially launched the operational phase of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and its popular awareness-raising campaign. In a policy brief, Impunity watch present a selection of the findings from a research project conducted within five communities in Burundi, seeking to understand how victims envisage engaging with the process.

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